Why Go On Pilgrimage?

A Few Words from Our Founder

Going on pilgrimage is not a popular practice anymore. The word itself often conjures an image of large and confused tour groups, speeding through countries on a site-seeing spree of anything Catholic. Most people opt to visit Europe on their own terms, as the large tour group thing does not appeal to them. I do not blame most people, as pilgrimage operators are volume-driven and tend to value quantity over quality. In effect, they market pilgrimages but do not deliver. Therein lies the problem.

The very practice of pilgrimage became popular in the glorious Middle Ages because it was for the sinner – for every man. Pilgrimage was a way to reconnect again with God – to go on a journey that would put God first again. Leave home and find God. Many great saints trace their conversions to pilgrimage – think Francis of Assisi and Ignatius of Loyola.

I’d like to dive deeper. A pilgrimage should be an expedition into the immortalized deeds of Jesus Christ and His Saints, which is animated by the sacraments, filled with friendship and good cheer, and overflowing with incredible moments of joy and Divine inspiration. Group pilgrimages, such as the ones ProRome organize, must be led by leaders – dedicated Christians who know and wish nothing more than to zealously pass on the Faith. That is what I can promise – because that is the very reason I founded ProRome Tours in 2014. I started this company in order to tell the incredible story of Christianity in such a way that our pilgrims might be inspired and enflamed with zeal for the Truth. Boring and monotone are the antitheses of ProRome. On top of that, a pilgrimage should open eyes and expand horizons, revealing the true universality of our Faith and the beautiful reality that God is working to save man. Where there is Truth, there is God.

Our history and heritage is absolutely incredible, and it is both humbling and incredibly empowering at at the same time, the more you understand just how great it is.

Meet our Team

We Look Forward to Serving You

Joseph Long
Founder, Managing Director & Tour Director
Tour Coordinator
Rachel Long
Administrative Assistant
Margaret Keppel
Office Administrator
Tour Director, United Kingdom and Ireland
Tour Director, Italy
Tour Director, Northern Europe
Tour Director, Italy and France
Tour Director, Italy
Tour Director, Italy
Tour Director, United Kingdom and Ireland
Tour Director, Founder, BesTour
An Insider's Look
Mr. Robert Shafer
Mr. Fred Ross
Countries Toured

“The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.”

JRR Tolkien

Groups Served

“To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.”

St. John Henry Newman

Happy Clients

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

St. Augustine


“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire!”

St. Catherine of Siena